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‘Rustin’ and ‘The Color Purple’ Make Obama’s ‘Biased’ 2023 Favorite Movies List

Barack Obama (Kevin Dietsch-Getty Images)
Barack Obama (Kevin Dietsch-Getty Images)

*Despite conquering the box office, “Barbie” was not among the films former president Barack Obama cited in his list of favorite movies for 2023.

TooFab reports #44 released his compilation of favorite films on Wednesday (Dec. 27) via Instagram. Features making the cut include: “Rustin,” “Leave the World Behind,” “American Symphony,” “The Holdovers,” “Blackberry,” “Oppenheimer,” “American Fiction,” “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Monster,” “Past Lives,” “Air,” “Polite Society” and “A Thousand and One.”

Although Obama’s list is diverse, he did admit that it was a bit “biased,” seeing that the first three movies in the collection were from Higher Ground, the production company he co-founded in 2018 with his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama.

“I’m biased since these movies were produced by Higher Ground, but these are in fact three of the best films I saw this year,” Obama wrote, before listing “Rustin,” “Leave the World Behind” and “American Symphony” to kick off his 2023 favorites.

Realizing the impact of the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) strikes, the politician acknowledged the impact of the protests in his caption.


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“Earlier this year, writers and actors went on strike to advocate for better working conditions and protections,” he added.” It led to important changes that will transform the industry for the better.”

“Here are some films that reflect their hard work over the last year — including some like Rustin, American Symphony, and Leave the World Behind that we were proud to release through @HigherGroundMedia,” he continued, before asking, “What films did I miss?”

Reacting to the list and their respective films being on Obama’s list, “A Thousand and One” star Teyana Taylor and “Rustin” leading man Colman Domingo took to social media to show their appreciation.

“🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹,” Taylor posted in the comments to Obama’s post.

“#1 Rustin. ☺️☺️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽,” wrote Domingo, who shared Obama’s post and his comment on X.

As with any list, there are always folks who disagree on what made the final cut. TooFab noted the Obama list critics, who voiced their thoughts on the “Barbie” snub while highlighting “The Color Purple,” “Saltburn,” “Five Nights at Freddy’s” and “John Wick: Chapter 4” as big-screen releases that should’ve been on the list.

Turns out, one of those films did make the ex-commander-in-chief’s list after all via late addition. Fortunately for Domingo, it was a project he featured prominently in.

“*Update: I just saw The Color Purple and loved it. I’m adding it to this list as one of my favorite movies of the year,” Obama posted Thursday (Dec. 28).

So there you have it. Do you agree with Obama’s picks for his favorite films list of 2023? Or do you feel other films deserved the recognition more?Weigh in below with your thoughts:

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